I lived in the country far away from artificial city lights. One night I went out and laid down on my back in the grass. The sky was cloudless and clear. The moon was full and a myriad of stars shown. As I lay gazing at the moon, suddenly a jet streaked across the sky and the vapor trail appeared to slice the moon in two. I watched with amazement and muttered to myself, "Fly boy, you may be thirty thousand feet in the air but unless you know Jesus Christ as your Saviour you are not as close to God as I am."
James teaches us how we get close to God, James 4:8 "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you." This world and its attraction should not hold any interest for a born again child of God. Our affections should be high above all this world has to offer. Colossians 3:1 states, "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are
above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God." There are none so miserable as those who name the name of Christ but have moved far from Him and His tender mercies.
Never stray so far from God that you can't have a conversation with Him in quiet tones. If He has to speak loudly to gain your attention, there is a distance of your making in your relationship with Him. It makes the soul rejoice when we can loudly and confidently proclaim, "It is well with my soul."
Pillow your head on the mercies of God tonight and praise Him for being so nigh.
"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God." ~ Colossians 3:1
~ Dr. Jack K. Mayes, Crossroads Baptist Church, Huntington, WV - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
However, He still wants us to pray. Prayer is not informing God of our needs. It is opening our eyes to how He is able to meet our needs because of His knowledge of us. God knows us much better than our parents. God doesn't have to anticipate our needs; He knows them. Our Heavenly Father has already made provision for what we have need of. Even before we knew we had a need, He already knew and had made provision.
Prayer is talking with God, communing with Him, spending time with Him, and petitioning Him. God wants us to learn more about Him -- to talk and spend time with Him -- to pour out our hearts to Him. Now, spend some time in prayer. God is ready to show His strength through our weakness.
"Be not ye therefore like unto them; for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him." ~ Matthew 6:8
~ Pastor David Warner, Fellowship Baptist Church, North Lewisburg, OH - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
Read: Colossians 3:1-3
Read: Galatians 6:1-9
It is a true statement; God will forgive our sins as I John 1:9 so well reminds us, but I also would remind you, that we will also reap what we sow. Our text verse plainly tells us, "be not deceived," that is, not to stray from the truth of God's Word, where we "mock" God meaning to mumble and ridicule His very truths. Verse 8 tells us that when we sow to our flesh, we will reap corruption meaning spoilage and decay. But when we sow to the Spirit, we reap life everlasting. Simply, it would be like a farmer planting poison oak and then realizing that he should have planted corn, plows it all up and replants. I will promise you the entire poison oak crop may not come up, but a few vines will rise up in his field. God could stop our crop from coming up, and I believe sometimes this may be the case, but do not think for a moment God is held to this rule. What is growing in your field may very well be what you have sown!
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap." Galatians 6:7
~ Pastor James F. Lester, Fannin Road Baptist Church, Montgomery, AL - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
I recently heard a TV evangelist expounding his sermon point in "what you cover, God will uncover and what you uncover God will cover." He preached his entire point around this thought and the hearer is led to believe that when we confess our sin, God will cover them and we will be done no harm.
My father-in-law was a banker for many years and one day someone robbed the bank. The thieves took off and the local county sheriff gave chase. The robber threw the money bag out the window and then pulled over. As the sheriff wrestled the thief to the ground he was heard asking, "I gave you the money back, why are you still after me?"
As a father, I knew my children. I learned their particular uniqueness as they moved from birth to young adult. I could not only understand them better but I could often anticipate what they were going to do, say, be tempted with the most, and even, to some extent, how they would respond. I knew many times that they would need things even before they did. You know what your child needs when they are gong off to summer Bible camp and anticipate their needs for a toothbrush, soap, comb, etc., so you pack these things.
Our Heavenly Father knows us much better than I could possibly have known my children. He knows our needs even before we call on Him. The Father has already begun to provide all that we need (Isaiah 65:24).
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